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Comeback Calling for Congress

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BY P. KHAREL Dislodged from power with the prospect of having to cool its heels in the opposition benches for the next five years, if not necessarily more, Nepali Congress faces trying times. It needs to be strengthened while ensuring a measure of resilience to confront and cope with the …

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Perceived chaos in America as Xi-Putin consolidate power

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Although things political back home are finally falling into place with the K.P. Sharma Oli-led coalition charging ahead on a steadier wicket than has been Nepal’s lot lately, a number of contradictory or worrisome out-of-kilter developments are perceptible. EU INTERFERENCE Topping the latter …

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‘Powerful’ Oli and a ‘Chinese-American’ world

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BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As winter morphs into spring significant transformations have concurrently been occurring in the politico-diplomatic sphere, both here and in Nepal. At home, of course, the big news seems to revolve around the perception that the newly installed prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli has …

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Visiting rights and wrongs

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BY MAILA BAJE Our sparkling-new Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s eagerness to have the Chinese and Indian leaders visit Nepal this year is understandable. Few Nepalis would quibble with Gyawali’s assertion that such high-level visits would help not only to strengthen bilateral relations but also to secure new avenues of cooperation. …

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Not an odd at all

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By PR Pradhan Last week, the fuel transporters in the East Nepal launched strike as a protest against the Nepal Oil Corporation’s decision to lock-up tankers carrying fuel. It is clear to understand that the fuel transporters were involved in manipulation of the fuel quantity. When NOC wanted to curb …

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Bizarre U.S. Foreign Policy: Trump Sacks Secretary of State Tillerson

BY PRABASI NEPALI “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” -Ronald Reagan Anyone following American politics, especially foreign policy can judge to what extent President Donald Trump has been following the …

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South Asia’s Worst

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BY P. KHAREL Shocks after shocks never cease to chase us Nepalis. We never seem to have enough. The executive branch of government has since many decades been reduced to a pack of incompetent and more often than not corrupt while agents of the people have all but succeeded in …

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Flashback: Get back to where you once belonged…

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BY MAILA BAJE If the expression ‘damp squib’ can be associated most aptly with any political formation in Nepal, it has to be the Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai. Indeed, the dude himself has been remarkably candid about the dud his organization has become. So you would have expected Dr. …

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The Panchayat path

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By PR Pradhan The Panchyat System, which had adopted the ideology of class coordination and mixed economy, after its demise for about three decades, has now been proved that it was the best political system for Nepal. Since adoption of the multiparty democracy in 1990, the country witnessed continuous decline …

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The Trump-Kim Summit: Greatest Possible Gamble of the 21st Century?

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BY PRABASI NEPALI US President Donald Trump has agreed to a historic first meeting in person with Kim Jong Un in an extraordinary development in America’s high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea. Standing in front of the White House, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong, after meeting Kim first …

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